Motor Vehicle Stop Leads To Arrest For Drugs, Stolen Tools

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  JACKSON – A Freehold man has been charged for possessing drugs and stealing tools after police performed a motor vehicle stop.

  On February 15, Police Officers Michael Basso and Christopher Brown of the Jackson Police Department found a Dodge pickup truck with both the front and back licenses plates folded, concealing them.

  After performing a motor vehicle stop, police found the driver Todd Lemanski, 40, of Freehold, in possession of a battery powered saw, hand saw, flashlight, a catalytic convertor which appeared to have been freshly cut from a vehicle and suspected Suboxone. He was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

  Detectives John Rodriguez and Craig Lindenberg became involved due to an ongoing investigation of stolen of catalytic converters. Multiple thefts of catalytic converters have occurred in the township and other municipalities, where converters have been cut off of vehicles parked at resident’s homes and at local businesses.

  The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact police headquarters at 732-928-1111 or through the department’s Stop it app.

  Lemanski was charged with possession of burglar’s tools, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a prescription legend drug without a prescription, possession of CDS while operating a motor vehicle and equipment violations. He was released on summons pending a court appearance.

  Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.